6-14-15 GAME RECAP
By Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlavey
The DC Grays played a solid game in the sweltering afternoon heat, defeating the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts 6-1 at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The Grays are 5-4 on the season.
The Grays pitching shut down the T-Bolts bats. Harry Thomas (UNC Greensboro) pitched six scoreless innings in his first full start of the season–his first start was in last week’s rained-out game against the Gaithersburg Giants. Thomas gave up only two hits and struck out two batters to get the win. Bailey Spence (Cecil CC) took over for Thomas in the seventh inning, and gave up a hit and no runs in his first appearance for the Grays. Will Korosec (Stevens Tech) took the mound in the eighth, but was relieved by Reid Frazier (Penn State) after loading the bases on three walks with no outs. Frazier limited the damage masterfully, inducing a double play (which scored a run) and notching a strikeout. Enrique Oquendo (Lamar) also making his first appearance of the season, pitched the ninth inning. He walked one and struck out one, and allowed no hits or runs.
The game was quiet offensively until the third inning, when 2B Drew Reid (Harvard) singled and 3B Taylor King (Memphis) was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt from CF Bryan Baquer (Washington College). Reid scored on an RBI single from RF Tony Holton (Jackson State), and King scored on a single from C Hunter Southerland (Texas Tech). The Grays picked up another run in the fifth, when DH Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) scored Southerland on a sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Grays tacked on three more runs. 1B Scott Sanders (Southeast Louisiana) walked, Sinnen singled, and LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) walked to load the bases. A single from SS Jackson Kramer (Lafayette) scored both Sanders and Sinnen. Kramer was out on a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat, but Briggs scored on that play.
Tonight, the Grays return to the Nationals Youth Academy to play the Alexandria Aces. Dan Jarrell (Washington College) is expected to start for the Grays.